Is Online Data Private?

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Apr 2010 at 20:06

I was rather surprised today to read that data stored on "cloud" services might not have the same legal privacy protections in the US that data has when stored inside your home (or business). This came to my attention after a Wired Magazine article (April 20, 2010) about Google's recent openness about government worldwide requests for information.

A broad consortium of tech companies and privacy groups recently announced a push to modernize the nation’s privacy laws so that data stored by third parties, especially by so-called cloud computing services like Gmail, are treated just like data stored on citizens’ home computers. Currently, e-mails stored online lose much of their legal protection after 6 months, and the Justice Department recently tried to get at unopened mail online...